Burkina Faso: Army admits killing civilians in counter-terrorist strike

Source: Reuters

“Burkina Faso’s army said on Wednesday that it had accidentally killed civilians during a counter-terrorist operation in the country’s southeast earlier this week, without saying how many. Residents of the area told Reuters that as many as 37 people were killed in the strike on Monday near the village of Pognoa, about 10 km (6 miles) from the border with Togo, where some fled afterwards. The West African country has been battling an insurgency by Islamist militant groups, some linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State, which control large swathes of territory and wage frequent attacks. … One man from Pognoa said he had attended the burial of 37 people following the strike. A woman from the same town said about 30 people were killed, including women and children. Both sources requested anonymity out of fear of repercussions.” (08/03/22)